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HIST 5701: History of Epidemics: Cited Reference Search

Cited Reference Search


Want to follow a line of research forward?  See who is building on a researcher's work?  Try seeing who has cited the work of a researcher or a particular work by them doing a Cited Reference Search in the Web of Science database.



1. Click on the Cited Ref Search Tab tab.

2. In the Cited Author box, enter the author's name.  Keep these hints in mind:

  • It's best to search under the first author's name. For recent years, cited articles include co-authors' names, but for earlier years, cited articles included only the first author.
  • Enter the author's name in the format: last name space first initial* (e.g. rowe w*).
  • Over the years, non-alphanumeric characters, such as the apostrophe in O'Brian or spaces in de la Rosa, were treated in different ways.  To search effectively across multiple years of data, enter all variations on a name, e.g. o'brian c* OR obrian c*
  • It is advisable to leave the Cited Work field blank as there may be slight variations in how the journal abbreviations are entered into the database.  Leaving this field blank will ensure that your results include all variations.
  • As a general rule, it's best to leave the Cited Year field blank, however, if you're dealing with a very prolific writer and/or an author with a common last name and want to search for citations to a specific work by that author, enter the year the work was published in the Cited Year field.

    Cited Ref Search Box

3. Click Search Icon.  This displays a list of works by the author that have been cited in journals covered by the database.

  • "..." in front of the author's name indicates that the person is not the first author, but a co-author.
  • Items with "View Record" in the last column lead to the full reference and abstract for the citing article.
  • The articles are included exactly how they were cited in an author's bibliography. This means that the author of the original article might have been cited with only their first initial, or with both initials.  If you know the author's middle initial, look at entries with just the first initial and also with both initials listed.

    Rowe W

    Rowe WF

4. Click the boxes of those citations you wish to view or click Select Page to select all citations on the page.  References are displayed 50 per page.  Use the forward/backward arrows to move through the pages, or type a page number in the page number box to go to a specific page.  After you've selected all desired references, click Finish Search.

5. This displays a list of items which have cited the work(s) you selected.  Click on the article title to view the full reference and abstract.

    Cited Ref Results

    Cited Ref Full

6. From this page you can click on the number beside References to see a list of sources cited in this article (Note: These citations do not include article titles unless the item is also included in the database).

    Reference List

7. On the right of the page, click on View related records to see a list of sources whose cited reference lists include at least one of the sources cited by the article whose title appears at the top of the page.  This is a great way to discover other articles on the same topic.

More information can be found here: http://libguides.gwu.edu/wos

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